Dune du Pilat - Pyla-sur-Mer | ©Tom Palladio Images
Photo ©2012 Mauro Moroni

The latest edition of my photo shoot around southwestern France finds my toes buried in sand, my hands wrapped around chilled glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, and my knife and fork working overtime on several well-prepared dishes at the seaside resort of Pyla-sur-Mer.

Situated along the Atlantic coast, Pyla-sur-Mer is located in the community of La Teste-de-Buch at the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon.

Along with the pristine beaches and small out-to-sea inlets, the area also boasts Europe’s tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. Standing 110 meters at its highest point, this great dune measures about 500 meters wide and stretches 2.7 km in a north-to-south direction. In short, it’s one heckuva sandbox.

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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